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Bring a Speaker to your School

Bring a speaker to your school


Inspirational speakers and youth speaking tours

Free The Children works closely with Me to We, its partner organization, to deliver annual youth speaking tours that motivate young people to create change in their communities.

Sponsored tours—with past and present partners like Club Penguin, Investors Group, National Bank Financial Group, PotashCorp, Oprah’s Angel Network,  RBC, TELUS and others—bring a team of two speakers across the continent, visiting schools during the academic year to inspire youth to become agents of positive change.

Through their unique stories, the speakers raise awareness on why community engagement needs to start with our generation. This engaging team inspires all audiences with incredible ways to get involved and create their ideal world through active global citizenship.

Our speaking tours are effective for youth for the following reasons:

  • The use of deliberate and powerful storytelling decreases student apathy
  • Sharing stories of involved youth increases rates of student volunteerism
  • Trainings teach youth how to plan actions using their passions and gifts

Book a Speaker

We have a variety of speaking options available for your school. However, please note that due to high demand we typically book our speakers at least 2-3 months in advance. If requesting a speaker is not financially or geographically feasible, please connect with your Educational Programming Coordinator about our virtual speaking options.

  • Outreach Speakers
    • Outreach speakers deliver tailored presentations consisting of their personal story, Free The Children’s history and our Adopt a Village model. Outreach speakers are the best option if you are fundraising for Adopt a Village and would like to increase students’ awareness about your club’s goal, and springboard your school’s involvement with Free The Children.
    • These team members are trained, professional speakers with incredible passion and experience with Free The Children programming. They can speak to most ages and can customize their speeches to your specific needs.
    • Presentations are about 30 to 40 minutes in length with an optional Q&A session at the end. While we suggest an audience of Grades 3 and above, we leave this to your discretion. This opportunity is offered at no cost to your school. However, there may be an honorarium associated with the speech if you are located more than one hour from our head office in Toronto.
    • If you would like to book an outreach speaker, please contact your Educational Programming Coordinator by calling 1.416.925.5894 or email youth@freethechildren.com
  • Tour Speakers
    • Due to the generous support of select sponsors, Free The Children is able to offer speaking tours that are completely free of cost to schools. They include a one-hour keynote address for your entire student body as well as a two to three-hour workshop for up to 25 students.
    • Tour speakers are different from outreach speakers because they focus on a specific theme, i.e. environment, education etc., whereas outreach speakers provide an overview of Free The Children projects that is often customizable.
    • If you would like to book a tour speaker please contact tour@freethechildren.com or call 1.416.925.5894.

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